07/29/14 2:16pm

Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Community Partners for Children (CPC), an Alexandria nonprofit organization, will kick off their annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies for students this Tuesday, July 29. Each fall, many Alexandria students of all ages face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies.

“By coming together as a community, we can ensure all students have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence,” says FACE Manager Krishna Leyva.

In partnership with CPC and local businesses, FACE will collect backpacks, spiral notebooks, wide-rule notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, two-pocket folders, pencil pouches, scissors, rulers, and school supplies for all age groups. These supplies will then be distributed to ACPS students through each school’s social workers.

FACE is asking the community to donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in collection bins placed in local area businesses.

The Back-to-School Drive runs until Sunday, Aug. 24. Anyone wishing to contribute may help as follows:

  • Donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in one of the donation boxes at the locations listed in the flier.
  • Volunteer to help sort school supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at T.C. Williams High School. To volunteer, email Krishna Leyva.
07/29/14 1:07pm

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An Uber cab driver has been arrested for second-degree sexual assault of a passenger.

D.C. police have charged 31-year-old Reshad Chakari, who lives in Alexandria. Chakari was released on bond, but cannot work for Uber or any cab service until his case is complete.

A woman reported the incident, which occurred along the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave. in Northwest, on July 20 to D.C. police.

Chakari will be back in court on August 6.

In a written statement, Uber’s Taylor Bennett says Chakari’s driver account has been suspended and Uber is ready to assist in the investigation.

Bennett says the matter is being treated with the utmost urgency and care.

Read more at this link.

07/29/14 10:51am

FedexField photo by Flickr user dbking

If you’re headed into Maryland this afternoon, just an advisory that there’s a soccer game scheduled at FedEx Field this afternoon which may affect rush hour traffic.